The Spectacle Blog
While the Pentagon can't seem to make up its mind over whether to charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, at least one member of the Taliban Five has made his decision - he wants to rejoin the Taliban in Afghanistan.
To the shock of no one outside of the Obama Administration, this is turning into the worst trade since the Cubs sent Lou Brock to the Cardinals for Ernie Broglio.
Is it any wonder that the Obama Administration has been refusing to call the Taliban a terrorist organization for the past 48 hours?
There is no love lost between myself and Wisconsin. Honestly, between the Green Bay Packers and the fact that I get a speeding ticket every time I cross the state line, I find Wisconsin to be one of those states that are just better left alone (see also: Ohio). But while I might lack respect for his little piece of the American midwest, I do have a great deal of respect for Scott Walker, who, based on today's news alone, has giant, cheesy balls of steel.
Since it's rare to feel proud of the work John McCain does in Congress, it's probably worth keeping this little nugget somewhere deep in your files, so that you can pull it out and remember that somewhere, deep down inside that slowly-melting Maverick, there's still a passionate heart that burns with an unquenchable desire to smack a hippie back into the last century where she belongs.
This morning, John McCain's inner beast reared it's ugly head at Code Pink's.
We're confirming a new Attorney General this week, and already, Loretta Lynch's hearings are off to a rousing start as we discover that, yes, it actually is possible to do worse than Eric Holder. Unfortunately, rumor has it, behind the scene, most of the committee members have already agreed to confirm her, but that's not stopping them from having a little bit of fun before they officially close the books on her nomination process.
Yesterday, Ms. Lynch was asked her opinion on hot button topics like immigration, which, it turns out, she's reticent to enforce the Federal law on. At least, that's what it seems like from this line of questioning from Sen. Jeff Sessions.
Let me ask you this: In the workplace of America today when we have a high number of unemployed, we’ve had declining wages for many years, we have the lowest of Americans working, who has more right to a job in this country? A lawful immigrant who’s here, a green-card holder or a citizen, or a person who entered the country unlawfully?
For the first time, I'm able to manage to get to Washington, DC for the American Spectator's Annual Gala, this year featuring keynote speaker Senator Rand Paul (though I'm just as interested in hearing the always witty and insightful Bob Tyrrell, a true hero of the conservative movement.)
I hope you'll try to attend as well, and if so please come on over and say hello!
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Even though it defies the definition of insurance, exemplifies socialism, and is a huge driver of high insurance premiums (as it should be), Republicans are unlikely to brave the political heat required to remove Obamacare's "guaranteed issue" provision which functionally forces health insurers to cover pre-existing medical conditions.
As it stands today, you can be uninsured, learn you have a disease, buy "insurance", and saddle the rest of the insured population with your medical costs. It's like allowing someone to buy car insurance after an accident or homeowners insurance while the roof is on fire. As a business model, it is insane. As public policy it's only less insane to the degree that you can fool voters into thinking that the costs of the policy are minimal and that insurance companies are evil and deserve whatever happens to them. Sadly, it's all to easy to fool voters.
So, like all "free" goodies, guaranteed issue popular with voters who see things as free when they're simply paid for by others.
Over at NRO, Reihan Salam provides a link to an argument by Michael D. Ramsey, a constitutional law professor at the University of San Diego who makes the case that House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unconstitutional.
Ramsey argues that its the constitutional duty of the President to "receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers” as spelled out in Article II, Section 3 of The Constitution and there is no corresponding authority for Congress to do so under Article 1, Section 8 of The Constitution. Ramsey also cites George Washington as the "sole channel of official intercourse" with foreign nations when French Ambassador Edmond Genet tried to enlist the support of Congress for France's conflict with Britain.
There's lots of news circulating this week about Bowe Bergdahl, the American solider we traded five high-ranking Taliban officials for, who may (or may not, depending on who you ask) face a court martial over his alleged desertion. It seems that, while senior Army officials are keen to tell news organizations, off the record, that Bergdahl will be brought up on charges, the White House is avoiding the question like it was Lindsay Lohan at court ordered community service.
But that's not to say that the White House's dance around the Bergdahl question hasn't, itself, produced a few gems. Like this one, from today's press conference with rookie comms guy Eric Schultz, who has never heard of the Taliban, why do you ask?
In Wednesday’s White House Press Briefing, John Karl asked press briefing rookie Eric Schultz whether the Jordanians’ trading a prisoner for one of the hostages held by the Islamic State was similar to the United States’ trading five high-ranking Taliban members for Bowe Bergdahl.